This may seem like a joke, but it really isn’t.
Now, don’t skip on ahead to see the punchline. I’ll get to it. And it’s no joke, though you may laugh a little when I tell you.
There is a way to get everything you want, and it’s actually kind of amusing. But like I tell people when I teach them how to perform a magic trick: “Please remember how impressed you are before you know how it’s done. Once you know the secret you will be disappointed that it was so simple. Remember what your feelings were like when you saw the trick and were astonished.”
Looking for ways to get what we want is what occupies much our time. The struggle is real. There doesn’t seem to be any real formula. We try and try again. Sometimes our efforts pay off, and when they don’t there’s usually something to learn from the experience. That’s what I like to tell myself. It’s good for morale. And often true. But learning from experience is the hard way to learn. If we can learn from someone else’s experience we’re likely to avoid some trouble or even pain. Specific advice is great when you can get it but we often have to settle for general advice. And general advice abounds. As with everything else this type of product will vary in quality.
One thing that many systems have in common is that they help you work on your attitude toward life. In the process you come across more than your fair share of quotes which some people find trite like Attitude determines your altitude and If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t, you cant and all that jazz. While some people will run as fast as they can from any kind of “self help” program, others, like myself, will give these types of things a go.
Not to brag, because really it should be more embarrassing than anything else, to date I have listened to The Abundance Course and Financial Freedom by The Release Technique, the Sedona Method, the Silva Method, The Effort Free Life System, You Can Heal Your Life, Project Yourself, Natural Hypnosis, hypnosis tracks by Dr Adam Eason, Dr Lee Poulos, Steve G Jones, Paul McKenna, Brainwave Sync, and possibly more, but that’s all I can remember at the moment.
Those are just the audio courses I have managed to get my hands on, not to mention all the books that have crossed my path. One thing I have learned. More than one thing actually, but yeah, one important thing I have learned which I may have learnt much earlier had I simply paid attention when watching The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe is that what we think we know is never everything there is to know.
When Aslan comes back to life, the children are shocked because after all according to the laws of The Deep Magic his life was forfeit. Aslan then explains:
“It means that though the Witch knew the Deep Magic, there is a magic deeper still which she did not know. Her knowledge goes back only to the dawn of time. But if she could have looked a little further back, into the stillness and the darkness before Time dawned, she would have read there a different incantation. She would have known that when a willing victim who had committed no treachery was killed in a traitor’s stead, the Table would crack and Death itself would start working backwards.”
―Aslan describing the Deeper Magic (The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe, Chapter 15)
Yes. There’s always a deeper magic.
This is something I find exhilarating. To explore something and then to discover that there’s a more advanced edition. A Deeper Magic.
What I find fascinating is that the solutions I come across are often not “the latest thing” but are actually pretty old. And I’m not talking old as in “I came across this 100 year old book” as Rhonda Byrne says in The Secret. I am talking about 2 and a half millennia old. Very old.
Yes it was around 2500 years ago that several philosophers came up with some very interesting ways of getting everything you want.
Did you know that both Lao Tsu in China and Gautama Buddha in India came up with ways to get everything you want around the same era in history?
And here’s the secret.
You ready for it?
You learn to not want.
Then you’ll have everything you want.
Because you won’t want anything, therefore you have everything you want. Which may be nothing, or it may be lots of things.
Like I said, it sounds like a joke. But it actually isn’t. It does work. Now it gets a little tricky at this point because the truth is that you may end up getting the things you wanted before you started giving up your wants, or you may end up in a state that you would have thought is pretty crap before you gave up wanting all the things. But either way if you think about it, you’re better off. In your mind, anyway. The theory is that this state involves less suffering.
But can you have your cake and eat it too?
There’s always a deeper magic.